Bangalore International Centre had arranged a vocal concert “Romantic Light Classical” by Ms. Rekha Surya, youngest disciple of Begum Akhtar and accompanists on Tabla and Guitar, on Friday, 16th December, 2011 at 6:30 pm.
Rekha Surya began with an ancient dadra having a dual motif--overtly romantic, with spiritual undercurrents. Her next song was also thematically romantic and mystical, written by the 13th century Sufi poet Amir Khusro.
Rekha Surya briefly explained the content of each poem before embarking on its musical journey. She presented Sufi poetry in the Thumri-Dadra style of Lucknow Gharana. Each textual phrase was treated with abandon yet restraint, interweaving different melodies into the main composition.
Next she sang a contemporary poet's ghazal, which she had composed in Raga Puriya-Dhanashri. Thereafter she sang a dadra popularized by her guru Begum Akhtar. She gave it a mystical slant by adding some Sufi verses to the main text, which could be interchangeably interpreted as romantic or spiritual.
Rekha Surya ended her concert with a jhoola in Raga Pilu. Her musical phrases often conveyed the swinging movement of a swing, a requisite factor in this monsoon-related allied form of Thumri.
Neither her voice nor style was pretty or sweet--instead, they had raw passion. The concert was a treat for classical music lovers.